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Whitmer and Gilchrist Statements on Mark Totten Confirmation


April 27, 2022



Gov. Whitmer, Lt. Governor Gilchrist II Statements on Confirmation of Mark Totten as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan


LANSING, Mich.—Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II issued the following statements after the United States Senate confirmed Chief Legal Counsel Mark Totten to serve as United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan.



“Mark has been on my team since day one,” said Governor Whitmer. “His legal advice and leadership helped us put Michiganders first. As a former prosecutor, I cannot imagine a more qualified leader to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan—the place that Mark calls home. He is a passionate public servant who will do a phenomenal job as a U.S. Attorney. We will miss Mark. I wish him the best of luck.”


“Mark will stand tall in the Department of Justice just as he has for his fellow Michiganders,” said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. “He embodies the spirit of public service having spent his career delivering for the people of Michigan and working to uplift and empower families and communities every day. Those of us who worked with him will miss his passion, intellect, and perseverance. I cannot wait to see all he does for the American people as U.S. Attorney for the Western District.”


Mark Totten Background

Mark A. Totten has served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Governor of Michigan since 2019. From 2008 to 2018 he taught criminal law at Michigan State University College of Law. His research focused on consumer protection and public enforcement. 


Previously, Mr. Totten served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan from 2011 to 2013. Prior to returning home to Michigan, he served as a law clerk for Judge Thomas Griffith on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 2007 to 2008. He began his legal career as an attorney on the Civil Appellate Staff for the United States Department of Justice in Washington D.C. from 2006 to 2007.

Mr. Totten received his J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Ethics from Yale University in 2006 and his B.A. from Cedarville College in 1996.